Westfield Matildas’ predicted starting XI for Thailand clash

The Westfield Matildas will play their first ever international in Perth on Monday night when they tackle Thailand in a friendly at nib Stadium.

The match will be Australia’s final hit-out before heading to Jordan for next month’s AFC Women’s Asian Cup.

So who will get a chance to impress Alen Stajcic from the outset in the West?

Here’s who think might get the nod from the outset.


Lydia Williams – The Melbourne City keeper is the undoubted first-choice keeper and is likely to earn the nod over the improving Mackenzie Arnold.

Lydia Williams



Ellie Carpenter – The 17-year-old is coming off a strong W-League season and continues to look comfortable at international level despite her age.

Clare Polkinghorne – The veteran defender is a model of consistency at the back and recently brought up her 100th appearance for Australia.

Alanna Kennedy – Continues to mature in the Green and Gold and is developing a solid partnership with Polkinghorne at the back.

Steph Catley – The City defender has struggled with injury in recent times but her composure and ability to get forward make her a real asset for Alen Stajcic’s side.

Clare Polkinghorne
Clare Polkinghorne


Emily van Egmond – The Jets midfielder controls the pace of the game so well in midfield and her passing range is superb.

Katrina Gorry – A dynamic player at her best, Gorry’s ability to play between the lines and link up with her attackers is crucial to the team’s dynamic.

Tameka Butt – She may be a quiet achiever but Butt’s work-rate and creativity make her a key member the Matildas set-up.

Emily van Egmond
Emily van Egmond


Lisa De Vanna – The veteran attacker is still hungry for goals and hasn’t lost her blistering pace, making her a dangerous weapon in the front third.

Sam Kerr – Will relish the opportunity playing in Western Australia for the first time. Will we see a trademark back-flip after a goal or two?

Chloe Logarzo – One of the most improved players in the squad, Logarzo is in superb form for Australia having netted three goals in her last five internationals.

Sam Kerr